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(Entertainment Weekly)   Seventeen unbelievably terrifying moments in children's movies. I'd repressed that terrifying scene from Dumbo; thanks so much for resurrecting it, Entertainment Weekly   (ew.com) divider line 205
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2012-08-13 12:09:59 AM
Kitten Kong from The Goodies traumatized my poor New Zealand brain when I was like four.

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BBC children's programming has always had a dark twisted side.
 
2012-08-13 12:19:44 AM
Mombi from Return to Oz did terrify me for years. Especially when her original head wakes up and yells "Doooooooorothy Gaaaaaaale!" and her body jumps out of bed without a head and goes after Dorothy.
 
2012-08-13 12:42:45 AM
Disney sure hates Moms.
 
2012-08-13 12:53:12 AM
Hephalumps and Woozles strangely missing.
 
2012-08-13 12:56:29 AM
Children's stories (and movies) often have scary parts.

Sometimes whole thing is one big scary part.

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2012-08-13 01:27:25 AM
Return to Oz was farked up. But the pink elephants scene? That may have led me to acid. So....it's cool.
 
2012-08-13 01:31:21 AM
I've never seen Return to Oz but I remember reading L. Frank Baum's real sequel as a kid. The part where our young male protagonist found out he secretly was a female princess is something that I'm still a bit confused and horrified by, and that's after decades of trying to process it. Liked the sawhorse though.
 
2012-08-13 01:53:47 AM
The animated movie of "The Hobbit" (way back when) terrified me when Golum showed up.

I had nightmares.
 
2012-08-13 02:01:31 AM
The Land Before Time is on the list but The Secret of NIMH is not? Bah.

Like you weren't afraid of the Great Owl or Dragon or Jenner. And were you really sure you knew what Nicodemus was up to?
 
2012-08-13 02:59:08 AM
I guess it doesn't count as a children's movie, but I first watched The Princess Bride with my much older cousin when I was... five or six. The fire swamp FREAKED me out. And the ROUSes.
 
2012-08-13 03:03:44 AM
They forgot Woundwort and the dog from the ending of Watership Down.
 
2012-08-13 03:04:19 AM
List fails without Watership Down.
 
2012-08-13 03:12:58 AM
 
2012-08-13 03:18:48 AM

Apos: List fails without Watership Down.


....not to mention Fantasia*.

*Both versions.
 
2012-08-13 03:24:28 AM
Um, the tyrannosaurus in The Land Before Time was named Sharptooth, not Sharktooth.

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2012-08-13 03:25:30 AM
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Earnest Scared Stupid. A troll that mimics the voice of lovable friendly Earnest and turns you into a wooden statue. Damn thing gave me nightmares for years.
 
Skr
2012-08-13 03:32:15 AM
I was pretty sure the name of the T-Rex in The Land Before Time was named "Sharptooth" and not "Sharktooth" like the author states.



The Plague Dogs cannot really be considered a children's story I suppose. F'ing incinerator scene gave me a fear of ovens.

Sloth from the Goonies kinda freaked me out when he first came on the screen (before you could see his face).


Oh Pulling a bloody leech out of his pants in Stand By Me really terrified me as a kid as too, thanks Wil.
 
2012-08-13 03:41:42 AM

fusillade762: Children's stories (and movies) often have scary parts.

Sometimes whole thing is one big scary part.


Not even that... Anymore...
 
2012-08-13 03:47:17 AM
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2012-08-13 03:53:33 AM

Plant Rights Activist: [jaymckinnon.com image 450x300]

Earnest Scared Stupid. A troll that mimics the voice of lovable friendly Earnest and turns you into a wooden statue. Damn thing gave me nightmares for years.


Thank you! I thought I was the only one traumatized by this movie. It is the reason I slept with my head underneath the covers until I was in high school.

/what's "malk"?
 
2012-08-13 03:56:46 AM
The part when the horse got swallowed up by the swamp in The Neverending Story always got me.
 
2012-08-13 04:00:10 AM
No The Witches? No Dark Crystal? No Neverending Story?

:/
 
2012-08-13 04:00:48 AM
Since I saw it today while flipping the channels, Superman III's robot chick.

/consider Superman the kid flavored superhero movie
 
2012-08-13 04:04:31 AM
Anytime David Bowie's package appeared on screen in Labyrinth.
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2012-08-13 04:07:15 AM

The Voice of Doom: [i.imgur.com image 600x450]


The scene where the old witch gets eaten by the harpies or whatever. ::shudder::
 
2012-08-13 04:14:08 AM
Kitten Kong from The Goodies traumatized my poor New Zealand brain when I was like four.

Goody Goody Yum Yum
 
2012-08-13 04:19:28 AM
Gads, The Childcatcher still gives me the heebie-jeeibies.
 
2012-08-13 04:33:10 AM
 
2012-08-13 04:33:53 AM
Return to Oz. Damn near all of it. It was made with the sole intention of traumatising children.

Starts with mental dorothy, abused by an evil nurse, a frightening storm. Is she dead?

Cut to Oz. Oz is like a warzone. Then suddenly

THE WHEELERS! The most pure incarnation of evil ever.

Followed by headless mombi, More hight terrifying pursuits at night and an evil rock-man who speaks in a creepy voice, flashes into anger and wears girls' shoes.

Finished with her alone in a creepy old house in the middle of nowhere. The end.

/Never again
 
2012-08-13 04:35:10 AM
No Brave Little Toaster clown dream sequence?

/Hell, even the air conditioner gave me nightmares...
 
2012-08-13 04:52:41 AM
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"Please, come in."
 
2012-08-13 04:54:47 AM
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2012-08-13 04:57:02 AM
Two words: Large Marge
 
2012-08-13 05:08:02 AM
Strangely absent:

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2012-08-13 05:21:16 AM

Skr:
Oh Pulling a bloody leech out of his pants in Stand By Me really terrified me as a kid as too, thanks Wil.


Dude, the movie was rated "R" for a reason.

/not a kids movie
 
2012-08-13 05:26:00 AM

Replica: fusillade762: Children's stories (and movies) often have scary parts.

Sometimes whole thing is one big scary part.

Not even that... Anymore...


Yeah, seems the "grim" has been whitewashed out of our stories. For the children.
 
2012-08-13 05:33:45 AM

100 Watt Walrus: Gads, The Childcatcher still gives me the heebie-jeeibies.


Me too. I saw it with my scout troop when it first came out. Our parents used that creep as a threat. Also, flying monkeys from WOZ.
 
2012-08-13 05:35:30 AM

FenixStorm1: Strangely absent:

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Oh damn you....

I can't remember anything else about that film, but I do remember that part was just soul crushing.
 
2012-08-13 05:40:55 AM
My parents were Satanic serial killers, so I'm getting a real kick out of these comments...
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2012-08-13 05:48:09 AM

The Voice of Doom: The Last Unicorn


I just bought that on blu-ray. When my wife asked me why, I answered "Because it scared the crap out of me when I was a kid. I plan on passing those nightmares on to our kids."
She just said "Uh.... ok then."
 
2012-08-13 05:49:52 AM
Sorry, they were nothing compared to this!

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2012-08-13 05:53:33 AM
came here to mention Watership Down before reading the list... i see it's been covered.

i was in my 30's when i saw it... terrified me then... so, i can only imagine watching it as a child...
 
2012-08-13 05:59:21 AM
I saw 'Spirited Away' as an adult, but the scene where Chichiro's parents transform into pigs was pretty scary.

My 'Totoro' and 'Kiki' loving nieces stopped watching that film about there...
 
2012-08-13 06:13:57 AM
This. The ENTIRE movie.

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2012-08-13 06:26:06 AM

peterthx: Skr:
Oh Pulling a bloody leech out of his pants in Stand By Me really terrified me as a kid as too, thanks Wil.

Dude, the movie was rated "R" for a reason.

/not a kids movie


Old fart here. Was a little kid back in the fifties, when there were no ratings. To compound that, my parents were avant-guarde beatnik types, who took me to utterly inappropriate films.
I had nightmares about the heavily made-up women in Fellini's 8 i/2, Death as portrayed in Bergman's 7th Seal, and Psycho (which I saw at age TEN). I wonder how many kids today will ever experience things like that. Seems like we try to swaddle them in cotton these days.
 
2012-08-13 06:30:58 AM

jso2897: I wonder how many kids today will ever experience things like that


Kids today have the internet. They've all seen things that would scar us all.
 
2012-08-13 06:31:28 AM

FatMason: Two words: Large Marge


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Jeezy Creezy, this. I shrieked in the movie theater, and I was in my 20s.
 
2012-08-13 06:40:35 AM

Miss Stein: Jeezy Creezy, this. I shrieked in the movie theater, and I was in my 20s.


I laughed like I was a demented looby when that scene came on the screen.
/never have really been quite right.
 
2012-08-13 06:43:12 AM

Miss Stein: FatMason: Two words: Large Marge



Jeezy Creezy, this. I shrieked in the movie theater, and I was in my 20s.


I laughed my ass off at that scene. I was eight or nine, I think.

I was, however, terrified by most of the shorts in the "Garfield's Nine Lives" TV movie, so... Karma, I guess.
 
2012-08-13 06:44:31 AM

albuquerquehalsey: [filmbalaya.files.wordpress.com image 480x360]

"Please, come in."


Came for this.

Here's the full scene
 
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